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HOW DEEPLY DO YOU LISTEN TO YOURSELF IN YOUR DAILY LIFE?

Aggiornamento: 13 feb 2022

You love cycling that climb, but while you are there, your mind goes somewhere else. Why?


Personal commitments and the daily work routine reduce the time of healthy inactivity to "free the mind" from different duties and thoughts. This means that while we do one thing, we think of another, and we are not "in the moment."

It also happens while we are pedaling; we want to go up that climb, pedal that ride that we like so much, and then once on the bike, we let the mind begin to wander through thoughts, depriving us of fully living that experience.


The educated and healthy classes of the ancient Romans were dedicated to the otium that included the practice of studying, reading, and reflecting in connection with nature and solitude, in contrast to the frenzy of negotium that was the frenetic activity of everyday life made up of meetings, trade, and negotiations.


We need to cultivate the ability to clear our minds of thoughts, which like waves of the sea, are constantly reaching the shore of our awareness, thus preventing it from being free. The ability to keep our mind inactive for a moment while we let thoughts pass like clouds in the wind.


IS BIKING A KIND OF MEDITATION?


I see a connection between biking, meditation and yoga. I know it may seem to group different things together but if your mindset is one of mind and body being vital, then training them together makes sense.


Biking can help us find a time to keep our minds clear and reduce stress. Isn't it true that we come home with a new perspective on what we want from life after a bike ride? Or how to solve that problem?

The time spent on our bike is without any pressure other than the simple pleasure of pedaling. It is an "empty space" where the mind is free and able to give us solutions and inspiration.

An important condition for this process to continue is that we silence our cell phones while riding a bicycle. Hearing the buzz and then stopping to respond to your cellphone while on a ride is already a stop of the empty space moment you want to create. Set yourself up instead for the full experience and leave your phone off, in your tool kit, to be used only for emergencies.

The time dedicated to a bike ride allows us to have space and attention for both the rational and emotional mind, that mental state that the American psychotherapist Marsha M. Linehan calls "wise mind."

The rational mind deals with problems with calm and analysis, logic, and rationality, while emotions drive the passionate mentality. The two minds integrate, like Yang and Yin, and the wise mind is the common ground of both. We need the analytical capacity of the rational mind and the passionate drive of the emotional one.

Thanks to the "wise mind," we can acquire information not only from the emotional and rational "channels”, but it also gives us the support and space to rely on our intuition. That special “aha” moment when the “wise mind” sees the path forward.

WHEN YOU CYCLE, CYCLE


Remaining in the present moment is an essential condition for promoting the activity of the wise mind. While we pedal, we still want to enjoy deeply that moment; therefore, we need to “stay there” in that action. Focusing our attention on colors, sounds, breathing, and rhythm are ingredients for that.

Thich Nhat Han, the father of mindfulness, said to his followers: "when you eat, eat; when you walk, walk." It obviously follows then that "when you cycle, cycle."


Embracing the time dedicated to our cycling activity with a mind free from interruptions and thoughts is a form of meditation. It allows us to immerse in that specific moment favoring the appearance of the "wise mind." Listening, connecting with ourselves is a crucial aspect of everyday life, and the bike and yoga together can be a formidable tool for training this ability.

Our bike & yoga retreat tour is an opportunity to enjoy the essence of biking. The opportunity to feel your body work and respond as your mind relaxes and lets the full experience sink in without nagging distractions.


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